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Anthony "Tony" DeBonee Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-DeBonee-Photograph

Scope and Content

DeBonee's collection contains over 7200 photographs, organized by size. They cover a range of people, buildings, and events in the city of Hartford. Photocopies of all the photographs are available for viewing in the Hartford History Center.


  • 1940 - 2001

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center's Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the Collection must be obtained in writing from curator of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

Biographical Note

Anthony "Tony" DeBonee was born in Hartford and lived in the area his entire life. He was a diamond-tool maker, cabinetmaker, a Royal Typewriter assembler, and railroad ticket agent as well as worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for 36 years. Tony DeBonee was a noted Hartford historian. Through his 60 years of picture taking, he photographed the ever-changing landscape of Hartford. He was a weekly contributor to the Hartford News with his column "Once Upon A Time." He liked to use the Municipal Café (booth 1) on Main Street in Hartford for his photographic life, usually leaving from that point to walk the streets of Hartford and take pictures. He died April 21, 2001 at the age of 77.


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Through his 60 years of picture taking, Tony DeBonee photographed the ever-changing landscape of Hartford.

Physical Location

Closed stacks


The collection is closed. Additional accruals are not expected.

Processing Details

EAD Finding Aid created September 2013. Updated for ArchivesSpace 2020.

Anthony "Tony" DeBonee Photograph Collection
A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
September 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA